An image of Evening glow at Seta

Utagawa Kunisada II

(Japan 1823 – 1880)

Evening glow at Seta

Other titles:
Eight Views of Lake Biwa: Evening glow at Seta
Not on display
Further information

KUNISADA II (Toyokuni IV) was a pupil of KUNISADA I, and married his master's daughter in 1852. Around the time he changed his 'gô' from Kunisama to names such as Kunisada II, Ichijusai, Baichôrô, then Toyokuni in the early 1870s. He produced many characters of the so-called 'decadent' period of late 'ukiyo-e'.

The bridge over the Seta River was one of the icons of Lake Biwa and a favourite subject of 'meisho-e', ‘pictures of famous places’. In the late Edo period, the focus of 'meisho-e' shifted from the landscape to the depiction of people, while 'ukiyo-e' artists often made satirical references to poetic sites as a means of adding sophistication to images of beautiful women. In this design, the view is merely a backdrop to the figures. The artist’s main concern is the sumptuous kimonos and contemporary details, such as the 'Inaka Genji'-inspired ‘prawn-tail’ hairstyle worn by the man.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW.

Place of origin
Japan: Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615–1868
woodblock print; ink and colour on paper, ôban triptych
35.0 x 74.5 cm :
a - right image - female with mountain in background, 35 x 24.7 cm
b - centre image - seated female with flowers, 35 x 24.8 cm
c - left image - male, 35 x 24.7 cm
Signature & date

Signed l.r. [left sheet: part c] in Japanese, black ink "[Baichôrô Kunisada ga]".
Signed l.l. [centre sheet: part b] in Japanese, black ink "[Nidai-me Kunisada ga]".
Signed l.r. [right sheet: part a] in Japanese, black ink "[Ichijusai Kunisada ga]".
Not dated.

Gift of G F Williams 1995
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